It is always a party, retro-cool style, at Oliver Twist. Each year the winery hosts the fabulous “Show, Shine… and Wine?” which attracts amazing classic cars. This year’s event on July 8th promises to be the biggest event in their history. The Okanagan Wolfman will be hosting as emcee and there will be live music from the Timbre Wolves, assorted food trucks, vendors, beer from the Red Truck Brewery, and a classic pinup girl competition. Of course, there will be wine and the spotlight will be on the unveiling of the new wine in the Nostalgia Series. New this year…

If you’ve flirted with joining a wine club, get in on the fun as a member at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. For starters, VIP treatment abounds when you join the Crush Club – perhaps the Okanagan’s most generous wine club. Gain “behind the velvet rope” access to Tinhorn Creek’s limited release and library wines, early access to summer concerts and club only pre-concert receptions, recipes with pairing suggestions from the acclaimed Miradoro Restaurant, and members only events and parties at the winery and in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Instead of hearing about the great line up after they’ve sold out for…

Nighthawk Vineyards is a true family run farm gate winery, now in their third season. Less than ten minutes from the village of Okanagan Falls, the winery is perched atop the surrounding hills, against the picturesque shores of Green Lake. The Bibby family’s passion and devotion to their vineyard is perhaps best reflected in their 2016 Late Harvest Gewürztraminer “Special Select”. Born from an all-family harvest at -12 degrees, the frozen grapes went through a slow basket press outside over a two-day period to extract the golden nectar that has become their new signature vintage. This unique dessert wine, along…

Capturing three Best in Shows is making for a lot of toasts at Wild Goose. The trifecta of accolades include: Best in Show at the Fifth Annual Cascadia Wine Competition, a first for a Canadian winery, with the 2016 Pinot Gris, the 2017 BC Best of Varietal Awards – Wine of the Year – 2016 Mystic River Gewürztraminer and Best Winery in 2017 in the Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine 2017. “It has been an extremely humbling year and a great honour but a true validation of the great vintages of the past couple years and the efforts of…

If you can make it on the world stage you can make it anywhere, and Meyer is proving out its forays into markets such as the UK, China, Japan, the Philippines and Norway by taking home a gold medal for their 2015 Pinot Noir in the International Wine Challenge in London, England. The challenge, owned by William Reed Business Media, now in its 34th year, is accepted at the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Throughout the rigorous processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges. London-based Marks & Spencer…

by Chef Dixie-May Kunicky Directions Berry salad: Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and place in the fridge so all the flavours can come together. Let stand for at least 1 hour. Meringue: Preheat oven to 350 °F. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 second increments stirring after each segment till partially melted then set aside. Beat the egg whites, vanilla and salt together till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat till the peaks become stiff and shiny. Gradually fold in chocolate and chilli flakes until combined. On a baking sheet lined…

At Upper Bench Winery & Creamery, it’s a perfect pairing between Gavin Miller’s wines and Shana’s cheeses. Now, a new wood fired oven applies heat to that collaboration bringing a fresh, value-added component. In addition to Upper Bench’s popular charcuterie and cheese boards, opt for pizza that matches the wines. Christopher Royal, of Vancouver Nook locations and sister restaurant Tavola, is chef. Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, a new wine christened “150” was released. It’s a beautiful blend of Merlot all sourced from the Naramata Bench. There are just 150 cases and disappearing fast because club members are exercising their option…

“Getting married in the Okanagan is all about enjoying a relaxed vibe where you can kick off your heels and trade them for flip flops,” says Lang Vineyard’s exclusive wedding planners, Vines and Vows’ Tammi Foster. Tammi says there is something about the stunning lake, mountains and vineyard scenery at Lang on the Naramata Bench that turns potential Bridezillas into Bridechillas. The behind-the-scenes planning by Tammi and her partner Jillian Buchanan play a big part in ensuring the bride and groom enjoy their special day with friends and family. Living and working full time in the area has allowed the…

Naramaro is Legend’s latest contribution to its flight of distilled lore. Legend has it…herbal elixirs were made by monks and medicine men alike to ward off plague, evil spirits and as a potential cure-all for anything from snake bikes to stomach ailments. Traditionally herbal liqueurs have been enjoyed as a digestif, after a meal in Italy. Amaro (Italian for bitter) has been made in almost every small town, crafted using herbs and botanicals that reflect their environment. “Handmade in Naramata, this is our Amaro,” says Legend’s Dawn Lennie. “It’s a mix of exotic and local ingredients including orange zest, vanilla,…

Salute Canada’s 150th Anniversary at this year’s Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) Tailgate Party. Kick up your heels in your most colourful gumboots to strut the “back to our roots” theme to celebrate Naramata wine culture and the coming of harvest. Tap into your creativity, if you dare, because prizes will be awarded for the most creative gumboots. Hosted by D’Angelo Estate Winery, 6:30 to 9 pm, September 9, you’ll enjoy distinctive wine tastings from 28 wineries of the NBWA along with local chefs’ cuisine and live music. Restaurants confirmed at press time include The Kitchen from Misconduct Wine Co.,…